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AANE - Asperger SyndromeListed below, in chronological order, are upcoming events sponsored by AANE. Please contact AANE if you have any questions about these events.

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Advance registration with payment is required for all programs in order for your registration to be confirmed. Early registration is highly recommended due to limited seating. After the deadline, please call AANE at (617) 393-3824, ext. 10, to check if the program is still being held and if space is available. AANE reserves the right to cancel if the minimum enrollment is not met by the registration deadline. If you register for a workshop and are a no-show, there are no refunds nor credits given to attend another workshop.

Child & Teen 2014 – 2015 Workshop Catalog
For a complete listing of our face-to-face and webinar workshops, please click on the link above.

Webinar Catalog
Online learning is now available! In addition to the programs listed below, we now offer online learning via webinars, which are accessible using your computer or telephone. Online registration only.

On-Demand Training
Now you can watch recordings of our presentations at your convenience 24/7. Online registration only.

Upcoming AANE Events

Events - AdultsHow Should I Say It? A 5-week Support Group for Neurodiverse Couples

Date/Time: Meets weekly for 5 weeks from October 1 to October 29; 6:30-8pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
Facilitators: Carol Feldman Bass, Psychodramatist and Grace Myhill, MSW
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Communication in any type of relationship can be challenging. Now add to that the difficulties and frustrations when each member of a couple appears to have very different:

  • Speaking styles
  • Auditory processing abilities
  • Perspectives
  • Tolerance for conflict
  • Capacity for problem solving

This workshop is designed to address the communication issues in relationships in which one member of the couple identifies as having Asperger's or a related autism spectrum profile and the other member does not.

Using a combination of action methods, group members will experience what it might feel like to be in each other's shoes and to learn an alternative approach to communication from that perspective.

This group is also offered as a weekend intensive workshop.

Events - EveryoneAsperger Syndrome Connections 2014: Practical Perspectives, Positive Lives

AANE's Annual Conference for those interested in AS/ASD and related profiles

Date: October 25, 2014
Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA
Keynote Speakers: Simon Baron-Cohen, PhD; Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA; Michael Wilcox
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We are pleased to welcome back Simon Baron-Cohen, Winnie Dunn, and Michael Forbes Wilcox, who will speak to us about current research in the field of autism, proven approaches to managing sensory processing in everyday life, and the joys (as well as sorrows) of living as an adult with Asperger Syndrome.

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensSibling Rivalry Meets Neurodiversity

Date: October 28, 2014
Time: 10 am – 11:30 am
Location: Webinar
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Are you the parent of a child with Asperger's or a related Autism Spectrum profile? Do you also have other neurotypical children? Do you struggle with trying to meet everyone's needs? You are not alone. In this webinar, MaryAnn McCabe will discuss how siblings' needs and concerns evolve over time. She will also offer practical tips for how to manage and promote sibling relations in a neurodiverse family.

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensParenting Without Panic Support Group

Date: (Sundays) November 2, 2014, December 7, 2014, January 11, 2015, February 8, 2015
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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Do you ever wish that having a child on the Asperger/Autism Spectrum came with instant access to a support group?

Brenda Dater, author of Parenting without Panic and Director of Child and Teen Services at AANE, has provided parents with exactly that. In our four-session book/support group, we will discuss practical solutions to parents' frequently asked questions and common concerns. Topics to be addresses include: interacting with extended family, dealing with chronic stress and fostering resilience, handling vacations and holidays, and understanding behavior through an Asperger/Autism Spectrum lens.

Events - Parents of TeensEvents - TeensPreparing for College

Date: November 8, 2014
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
Cost: $100/AANE Member; $150/Nonmember; $60/spouse, partner, teen, other (at the same address)
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Join presenters Jane Thierfield Brown and Lorraine Wolf, college disability directors and authors of The Parent's Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum, as they talk about the key steps needed for success after high school for students with Asperger Syndrome and related profiles. This is a full-day workshop and teens are welcome, but they must be accompanied by a parent.

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensMy Child Just Got Diagnosed -- Now What?

Dates: (choose one) Nov. 10, Jan. 12, March 9, May 11, Aug. 7
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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When your child gets an Autism Spectrum diagnosis it's hard to know what to do first. Join other parents to learn about the most common characteristics of Asperger Syndrome/Autism Spectrum, including basic information about behavioral issues, parenting strategies, disclosure, and school concerns.

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensWhy Does My Child Behave Like That? Practical Strategies for Parents of Kids on the Asperger/Autism Spectrum

Date: November 12, 2014
Time: 10 am – 11:30 am
Location: Webinar
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This workshop is designed to offer parents practical strategies to make home life function more smoothly. Come learn how you can help your child or pre-teen increase his/her ability to stay calm, cope better with frustration, get along better with others, think more flexibly, solve everyday problems, and transition with less trauma. We will also address strategies to help ourselves, the parents, stay cool!

Events - Parents of TeensCanton Topic Discussion Group for Parents of High School Students

Dates: (Thursday) November 13, December 11
Location: Enable, Inc., 603 Neponset Street, Canton, MA
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Lynne Mitchell, MSW
Cost: $75 for first person, $60 for second person in the same family
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Events - Parents of ChildrenSupport Group for Parents of Tween Girls (ages 9-12)

Date: (Sundays) November 16, December 14, 2014 (last session TBD)
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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This 4-week group provides an opportunity for parents to discuss issues that affect girls on the Asperger/Autism Spectrum as they enter puberty. We will share our experiences, brainstorm solutions, and share helpful resources and strategies. Topics may include: friendship, health and hygiene, safety, and self-esteem.

Events - Parents of TeensEvents - TeensTransition in Action: Inspiring Vision Statements, Measurable Goals, and Dynamic Action Plans

Date: November 17, 2014
Time: 7 – 8:30 pm
Location: Webinar
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Even when you know what the law mandates about transition services—how do you bridge the gap between theory & practice? This webinar offer examples of how parents can work effectively with educators, so that students will be well-prepared to take on the challenges life after high school. Facilitated by Jennie DunKley and Marilyn Weber, Transition Consultants/Advocates.

Events - Parents of TeensWatertown Topic Discussion Group for Parents of High School Students

Dates: (Wednesday) November 19, December 17
Location: AANE office in Watertown
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Stephanie Loo, MEd
Cost: $75 for first person, $60 for second person in the same family
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Events - Parents of TeensWelcome to the Teen Years

Date: December 3, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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Parents often ask two big questions about their teens: "Who is this person living in my house?" and "Is this behavior because of Asperger's or is this what all teens are like?" This workshop addresses both of those questions. We cover adolescence and puberty and the special challenges it presents for teens with AS, as well as what you can do to help your teen meet those challenges.

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensIntroduction to the Asperger/Autism Spectrum Diagnosis

Date: December 15, 2014
Time: 10 am– 11:30 am
Location: Webinar
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New to the Asperger/Autism Spectrum diagnosis? Curious to find out more? Join other parents to learn about some of the most common characteristics of Asperger's and related Autism Spectrum profiles, including basic information about behavioral issues, parenting strategies, disclosure, and school concerns.

Events - Parents of ChildrenPlaydates

Date: February 11, 2015
Time: 10 am – 11:30 am
Location: Webinar
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The playdate is a staple of friendship for elementary school age kids, yet it is a struggle for kids with Asperger's or a related Autism Spectrum profile. This workshop will take you through the steps of a successful play date including choosing a friend to invite, picking appropriate activities, parental involvement, and conflict resolution. We will also review how to teach your child social and friendship skills through these experiences.

Events - Parents of ChildrenSupport Group for Parents of Tween Boys (ages 9-12)

Date: (Wednesdays) February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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This 4-week group provides an opportunity for parents to discuss issues that affect boys on the Asperger/Autism Spectrum as they enter puberty. We will share our experiences, brainstorm solutions, and share helpful resources and strategies. Topics may include: friendship, motivation, school life, health and hygiene, and special issues.

Events - Parents of TeensEvents - TeensPerspectives on College Life for Teens* and Parents of Teens

Date: March 1, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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Are you a teen who is considering/planning to attend college? Are you wondering:

  • What is a "Gap Year" and how could I do that?
  • What are the best and most challenging parts of college for someone like me?
  • Should I write about Asperger's in my college essay? Why or why not?
  • What type of college environment will work for me?
  • Should I live at home or away?
  • Should I ask for a single room if I live away?
  • How can I make friends at college?
  • How will I have time for everything I like to do AND do everything I have to do?

Come hear what current students or recent graduates with Asperger Syndrome have to say about their college experiences. Also hear the perspective of parents of college students. There will be refreshments, a packet of college information, and plenty of time to ask questions.

(*Teens must be accompanied by a parent.)

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensWriting Measurable IEP Goals

Date: March 19, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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This workshop provides practical strategies for writing IEP goals and objectives to meet your child's needs. We address the main areas that are usually covered in the IEP of a students with Asperger's/Autism or a related diagnosis. These may include social-emotional goals, social pragmatics, self-regulation, self-advocacy, written expression, and organization and planning. You will leave with the tools you need to analyze your child's current IEP and to develop goals and objectives that are easy to understand and measure.

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensWhy Does My Child Behave Like That?
Practical Strategies for Parents of Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Date: April 30, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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Do you ever feel frustrated by your child's behavior? What can we do as parents to help our children on the Autism Spectrum increase their ability to stay calm, cope better with frustration, get along better with others, think more flexibly, solve everyday problems, and transition with less trauma?

Join Brenda Dater, author of Parenting without Panic and Director of Child and Teen Services at AANE, to learn practical strategies to make home life function more smoothly.

Events - Parents of TeensYes I Can! Fostering Teens' Self-Knowledge, Self-Esteem, and Assertiveness

Date: May 5, 2015
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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To live effectively in the neurotypical world, adults with Asperger's need to understand their individual profile of challenges and strengths, and know when and how to ask for any help or accommodations they need. This workshop will address how parents can help teens become more self-aware and more effective at self-advocacy.

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensHelping Your Child Make Friends

Date: May 20, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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Many parents report that their children have a hard time making friends and maintaining friendships. This workshop addresses the reasons our kids have difficulty with this particular set of skills and how parents can help their children learn these skills. We take parents step-by-step through the whole process, from the types of friendships children develop, to where to meet potential friends, to planning a get-together with a friend.